Area mourns loss of two well-known businessmenGerald Snavely, mill owner E. Paul Weidman, 88, oil business owner for 45 years

By on July 27, 2011

Gerald L. “Jerry” Snavely, 69, of Lititz, passed away suddenly on July 17, 2011 at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Denver to the late Lincoln Miles and Viola G. (Wiest) Snavely and was the husband of Dawn E. (Reinhart) Simpson Snavely, to whom he recently wed.

Jerry was an active member of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and collecting antique John Deere tractors. He also bred and raised alpacas. He was an avid motorcyclist and fulfilled his lifelong ambition in 2009 where he rode to Alaska and back. He also instructed a motorcycle safety program.

Jerry farmed and owned a trucking company with his brother Ben. Then he was the president of Snavely’s Mill Inc. from 1985 until his retirement in 2009. He purchased the mill from L. M. Snavely in 1985 when the mill was destroyed by a fire. Under Jerry’s direction, the mill was rebuilt into what we know it to be today — a thriving modern mill.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: Douglas E., husband of Donna (Rhinier) Snavely, of Lititz; Daniel L., husband of Lisa (Bomberger) Snavely, of Mill Hall; and David M. Snavely, fiancé of Marie McKee, of Lititz; two stepsons: Branden Lee, husband of Tricia (Demmy) Eckman, of Lancaster; and Bryan Scott, husband of Barbra (Groff) Eckman, of Lancaster; a stepdaughter: Cami Joy, wife of Bryan G. Yurko, of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren: Shannon and Brandon Getz; Codie, Danea, and Carson Snavely; nine step-grandchildren: Colin, Derek, Chase, and Trey Eckman; Madison and Brayden Yurko; Brandon Emery; and Dylan and Ian McKee; two great-grandchildren: Cadence and Miles Getz; two brothers: Brian W., husband of Janis (Koelbl) Snavely, of Lititz; Benjamin Snavely, of Holtwood; and a sister: Brenda Snavely ,of Aurora, Colo.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, July 24 at the Ephrata Church of the Brethren with Pastors Galen Hackman and Rob Eshelman officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, or to the Ephrata Church of the Brethren, 201 Crescent Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at More SNAVELY, page A6 Gerald “Jerry” Snavely E. Paul Weidman, 88, of Ephrata, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late John and Eva (Mohler) Weidman and was the husband of Rachel (Smith) Weidman. They had been married 63 years.

He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. A positive, joking person all his life, Paul enjoyed woodworking, spending time with his family and was a huge Phillies fan. He was the former owner of J. Weidman & Sons Oil Co., retiring after 45 years, and was a member of various heating and oil commissions. Paul served in the Pacific during WWII in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his loving wife, Paul is survived by four children: Cindy, wife of James Sutton; Sue, wife of Dan Burkholder; Thomas Weidman; and Dave, husband of Sherry Weidman; five grandchildren: Bill Fassnacht, Cara Nash, Brent Burkholder, Dane Burkholder and Alexa Weidman; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers: D. Raymond Weidman and Galen Weidman; and a sister: Elizabeth Haws.

Funeral services were held July 27 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, with Dr. Michael A. Rodgers officiating. Interment took place in the Memory Gardens Memorial Cemetery with full military honors being accorded by the Red Rose Honor Guard. Memorial contributions in E. Paul’s memory may be made to the Ephrata Community Hospital Intensive Care Unit, PO Box 1002, Ephrata, PA 17522, or to the Westminster Building Fund, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at More WEIDMAN, page A6 E. Paul Weidman

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